Reaching a new goal, such as a race, is often referred to as a journey because it involves a number of objectives. Throughout this process, there are a series of short and long-term objective/subjective goals through which a detailed plan can be made. When people work together to reach these goals, they are more likely to reach race day.
Declare Your Intention
A general statement like "I want to run a race" demonstrates desire more than intention. When a person writes down a specific goal, they clarify what they want to achieve. When this goal is done with a partner or group, the goal is given more credence. Whether running a 5K, competing in a triathlon, or running a faster mile, you have your goal in mind; you can outline your goals to guide your daily plan of action. These plans might include revamping your diet, working with a coach, or starting a new training plan.
Short-term goals help you stay accountable to yourself, your overall goal and anyone who supports you; having “accountability” to a fellow athlete or training group will motivate you to stick to your plan. Accountability comes in many forms: a friend, a training group, a coach, or a spouse. When you are held accountable, it will help your inner motivation, your daily routine, and see you through minor setbacks. Let’s be honest, we all know “life happens” and there will be setbacks. The main idea is to keep a positive attitude and the final goal in your sights.
Have confidence in your daily goals and track the overall results of your progress, rather than getting caught up in minor fluctuations along the way. Through tracking the successes of your short term goals you are likely to stick with the program and make it to race day.
Everyone has dreams and goals. Whether your dreams are big or small, they have vast importance in our lives and bring joy from of achieving them when done with a fellow athlete or a group. Whether the journey is long or short, you will be that much stronger in the end for embarking on it.